China’s Civil Aviation Authority issued the Comac ARJ21-700 type inspection authorization in late February, allowing it to begin the final process of flight-test certification, according to the state-run China Daily.
Prospective Chinese business jet owners have an excellent choice of Western-made products here at the ABACE show in Shanghai, but might they one day be able to buy a business aircraft built in their own country? Reports have been brewing in recent months that at least one Western manufacturer is in talks with China’s Comac aerospace group with a view to some sort of joint aircraft development. But, as of press time, nothing had been confirmed.
Boeing and China’s Comac have signed their first so-called collaboration agreement centering on the creation of an aviation energy conservation and emissions reduction technology center in Beijing, the companies announced Tuesday.
Speaking to the Chinese media during his visit to Beijing last October, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia and China have much to gain from jointly developing a widebody airliner. He called for more joint Sino-Russian projects in space and aeronautics, as well as other high-technology spheres, stating that these may produce “huge economic effect for development of both countries.”
Three of Asia’s new airliner programs have looked west for cockpit technology, and, more specifically to U.S. avionics group Rockwell Collins.
With a firm launch customer in hand and fourth test aircraft ready to take flight, two years ago China’s ARJ21 program appeared to have found its stride just as the last Singapore Airshow approached in 2010.
China’s airliner fleet is set to grow more than three-fold over the next two decades, rising from 1,506 in 2010 to 5,118 in 2030, according to the latest “China Market Outlook for Civil Aircraft 2011-2030” published during last week’s Aviation Expo show in Beijing by the Aviation Industries of China (Avic).
Canada’s Bombardier and China’s Comac will become close partners in the coming years under the terms of a framework agreement signed between the two companies in March that calls for cooperation in seven major areas, according to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft vice president of international business Ben Boehm.
China’s new ARJ21-700 regional jet appears on track to meet a revised timeline to achieve certification and first deliveries by year-end, according to the latest reports from its manufacturer. If the state-controlled airframer achieves that goal, it will happen barely a year after the 90-seater made its public debut at last November’s Airshow China in Zhuhai.
Motion and control-technology company Parker Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand A18), a division of Parker Hannifin, has won valuable systems business from Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) for the 170-passenger C919 single-aisle airliner. The company designs, manufactures and services fluid, fuel, flight-control and engine components and systems for aerospace and other industries.
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